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RLS and St Cyrus

I was reading Bella Bathurst’s The Lighthouse Stevensons, the story of the extraordinary Stevenson family, who over several generations built most of Scotland’s lighthouses, not to mention a quite a few elsewhere. Robert Louis Stevenson, of course, was one of … Continue reading

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Is reading onscreen so very different from print?

Earlier today, I retweeted a link to a Conversation article about why we seem to remember more when we read an article in print than we do onscreen. The concern of the article was based around online learning and the … Continue reading

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The Jamaican Connection …

 While messing about with family history this weekend I’ve finally found a Jamaican connection.  As you may remember, I’ve long been puzzled about why there quite a few people who are the descendants of enslaved people in the Bahamas with … Continue reading

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Sealers, whalers, and Antarctic discovery

I’m about 80% through volume one of James Clark Ross’s Voyage to the southern seas, mostly speed reading it in idle moments on my newly acquired 7” tablet – the one I bought specifically for offline reading of pdf’s – … Continue reading

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Family history and red herrings …

J’s Australian ancestry is a mystery to me. Her lineal great^n grandfather is Henry Thomas Hill, who worked for Victorian Railways and who died in Castlemaine in May 1882. He had a wife, Anne Humfries or Humphries and they first … Continue reading

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Women in nineteenth century sealer’s camps

Well, I’ve become a bit intrigued by the Elizabeth Farr story, not that I’ve got very far tracing her. What I have found is that no one really knows much about sealer’s camps – there seems to be an assumption … Continue reading

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The Long S in the Sydney Gazette ..

The Sydney Gazette story of Captain Hasselborough’s demise is interesting typographically for its use of the long s. In the handwriting of the time the long s was only really used as the first s of double s in a … Continue reading

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The Lady of the Heather …

I was listening to a Radio New Zealand podcast about the archaeology of sealers’ camps on Campbell Island, way to the south of New Zealand, when I heard a story that I had never heard before. ‘The last grand daughter … Continue reading

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Venetian glass beads in Alaska

This morning I tweeted a link to a Gizmodo article reporting the discovery of fifteenth Venetian glass beads in Alaska. Obviously the article is written from a US viewpoint, and makes the point that the beads were probably deposited before … Continue reading

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The documentation cliff …

As I’ve said before, I’ve been messing about with family history to keep my skills sharp during this thing which is the pandemic, even to the extent that I bought myself a one year all-knobs-and-whistles subscription to MyHeritage as a … Continue reading

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